Being a college student, it is almost too easy to be trapped in the proverbial bubble. What happens in college, stays in college; what happens out of college…well, who really knows? Knowing that I soon have to rejoin the “real world”, I decided it wasn’t a bad idea to try to catch up with what’s going on the world. To this end, I set Fox News as my home page. This morning, I come to find an article chronicling the latest attempt at a school shooting in this country.
I found this disturbing, and quickly scanned the article for the pertinent information. It was close to the end that I found this quote:
“I think there was probably some bullying, name calling, chastising,” [Sheriff Norton] said. He also said investigators had learned the suspects were computer buffs who liked violent video games.
Unbelievable. I just don’t understand it. This country digs so hard to find something wrong with those of us who enjoy gaming. Yes, the Columbine shooters play “violent video games.” Yes, these five boys play “violent video games.” Yes, they both had similar plans.
I play “violent video games.” Never shot a person in my life. I’m not even that good at shooting clay pidgeons. So, is there a connection between school shootings and violent video games? Maybe. But in today’s society, I’d argue that not only was it not the direct cause or deciding factor, chances are, the people they planned on shooting had a Halo tournament the night before. What do the authorities have to say about that?